Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Heavy Announce New Record

A favorite around these parts, The Heavy, have announced their new record, The Glorious Dead.  The record is scheduled to be released on August 21 via Counter Records/Ninja Tune.  New York, I hope you got tickets to their NYC June 18th show at Mercury Lounge before it sold out. It's sure to be a good one.  I first saw the band there and they put one hell of a show. It was full of hot, sweaty goodness!

Self-produced and with their unique, raw eclecticism fully intact, it's their most fully-realized record yet, mixing together soul, hip-hop, rock, blues and funk into glorious, raucous party music that is equally full of heart.

The first single from The Glorious Dead, "What Makes A Good Man?," was snatched up by Miller Beer for a national ad campaign (featuring the band in a dressing room cameo). The song follows in the footsteps of the band's sleeper hit "How You Like Me Now?" with its monumental chorus and crunching beats. But there's more to the album than just that, from the horror film atmospherics of "Can't Play Dead" to the laid-back sincerity of "Curse Me Good," the funked-up hip hop rhythm of "Big Bad Wolf" and the epic, heavy-hitting gospel rock 'n' roll of "Same 'Ol." Throughout, vocalist Kelvin Swaby's voice soars, packed with yearning and pure soul.